What to know: Scholarships

by Alexus Smith

Scholarships, big to small, all help students’ college careers. It’s that extra boost that’ll make college less stressful. Less money out of your parents’ pockets and more for other things. The idea of scholarships should be top in PRP students’ minds.

Although people wait until senior year, it’s better to look during junior year, according to http://www.scholarships.com. It gives you more time before deadlines hit, since most are in January of senior year. Go on college websites you are interested in and research what scholarships you can apply for. Senior Aaliyah Compton received a $9000 scholarship to New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

“I learned about it from one of the administrators at the school. I finished the application process and auditioned receiving the scholarship,” said Compton.

It’s okay to apply for scholarships because they strike your interest. Many sites such as http://www.studentscholarships.org have a diverse selection to fit everyone needs. It doesn’t always have to always be for academics or sports. It could be for a club you are in or a hobby you have. Senior Scott Kittle received the Trustees and Porter Scholarship from University of Louisville. By him being in GSA, having a 3.5 GPA and an ACT score of 28, he automatically received the scholarship.

“I’m majoring in Civil Engineering because growing up I was always interested in building. Math and Science are my favorite subjects and this is the best combination of the two,” said Kittle.

Sites as http://www.fastweb.com, suggest community service and keeping your grades up for academic scholarships. . It’s good to take the ACT until you get the score you want because that’s what colleges will look for. Research your school choices scholarship requirements before applying. You don’t need to waste time applying for a scholarship you can’t get.

“Pay attention to the Junior and Senior newsletters. They always have websites that you could find scholarships,” said Senior Counselor Ms. Williams.

Applying for scholarships can be stressful but worth it. Understand the requirements each scholarship has before applying. Read through it before just thinking it is bad scholarship, it can be something different from its title.

“Make sure the scholarship is what you need, want and that you meet the requirements. No scholarship is too small every bit helps,” said Kittle.


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